At FutureLearn, we have a duty of care to our staff to ensure they are able to work in a healthy environment that promotes work life balance, flexibil...
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FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. FutureLearn has over 10 million people signed up worldwide. FutureLearn uses design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible short online courses, microcredentials, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that improve working lives. It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities, as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (HEE). It’s also involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.
We’re dedicated to improving the overall representation of minority groups across FutureLearn, particularly in leadership roles. The challenging task for recruitment teams to hire diverse talent is now measured not by a quota, but by an ambition to include at least one candidate from a minority background on every shortlist. By doing this, we’ve already achieved an 18% minority hires rate over this year. What gets measured, gets improved.
Our diverse team is what makes us who we are, and because of this we care about having regular conversations around diversity and inclusion. As well as regular all hands sessions on diversity and inclusion and more specific forums on topics such as Black Lives Matter, we’ve been fortunate to recently partner with the wonderful people at Fibre Training who have delivered engaging and thought-provoking online sessions unpacking the theory behind the science of the brain and unconscious bias but also focusing on real-life examples, from micro-inequities to full-on exclusion and discrimination.
Our policy states that we have zero tolerance to exclusion and we really mean that. There are no nuances, zero is zero. Using the internal speak up channel, FutureLearners feel that they can raise issues without the risk of retaliation and that there is due follow up process. We also have appointed a volunteer Diversity and Inclusion champion amongst staff, acting as another impartial route for conversation. This is an expansion on our existing champion programme, which has helped to support colleagues through mental health issues, bereavement, and domestic abuse.
FutureLearn’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy in 2020 Click Here
List of all the benefits that FutureLearn are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.